Is “Scholastic” a Bad Word? (Sinclair Ferguson)

Many argue strenuously that the Puritans rejected “scholasticism.” However, scholasticism could merely refer to precision in method instead of to a specific theological content. Even understood in this way, “scholastic” can be an insulting description of someone who unnecessarily complicates things or makes too many distinctions. The quote below from Sinclair Ferguson is a brilliant […]

Nisbet on Motivations for Holiness

Since you’re reading this online post, you’re no doubt aware that in the broad Reformed theological world recently there has been discussion of the issue of holiness. The links are too numerous so I’ll leave it to you to search. In particular, one issue is that of what motivates a Christian to pursue holiness. Oftentimes people […]

Brooks on Seven Characteristics of False Teachers

In preparing for an upcoming adult Sunday school class at the Oceanside United Reformed Church this Fall on the topic of spiritual warfare, I recently re-read Thomas Brooks’ classic, Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices (1652; 8th ed. 1676). Towards the end of this work, Brooks connected spiritual warfare with sound doctrine by compiling a list of “Seven Characteristics […]

New Book on Children in Worship

My latest book, The Nursery of the Holy Spirit: Welcoming Children in Worship, is now available as a paperback directly from the publisher at Wipf & Stock and at Amazon or for your Amazon Kindle. For a preview of the opening material and Chapter 1 click here: Hyde_48327_Excerpt *Used with Permission of Wipf and Stock Publishers   Bookmark on Delicious Digg this […]

‘The Chiefest Subject of our Preaching:’ John Owen on Christ-Centered Preaching

People in Reformed churches today often debate the merits of “redemptive historical” preaching. Sadly, a “redemptive historical preacher” has become shorthand for someone who preaches Christ, but who does not believe in direct sermon application. By contrast, the Apostle Paul preached Christ and applied Him to individual consciences through very direct and individualized personal appeals […]

Good Works Necessary for Salvation?

Before making my move across the Tiber to Reformation21, I thought I’d offer some thoughts on a typically vexing question. Having edited a book on the diversity of the Reformed tradition in the seventeenth century, I am fully aware of the places where there are differences of opinion among Reformed theologians. Some differences were significant; […]